Nonetheless, are there any recommended changes anyone has? Also, are there any good examples of guidelines from other communities/websites that it could strive to be?
Some points could be:
- The mandatory necroposting ("post in existing topics") probably kills conversation of any newer waves of members
- Probably shift 'no swearing' to 'no excessive profanity' instead, with limitations
- "Don't discuss illegal activity" would probably be better phrased instead as "don't conspire, plan, or orchestrate in illegal activity on the forum", as the former probably has more Draconian of misinterpretations.
- Perhaps 'no hacking/DDoS' could be changed around to prohibiting any clearly abusive activity, while any light pentesting is fine as long as there's 'responsible disclosure'.
- Perhaps shift from 'no explicit content' to allowing moderate/fictional gore/violence, as long as it's labeled in the topic name, and maybe permitting some forms of adult-rated content only in 'adult' forum sections, if that idea is permissible.
- Focus on a more simpler point of "be excellent to each other" or something, as the core basis of the guidelines.
- Iterate what we do to all the little unsuspecting trolls/preteens that claim to have capability of physically shifting into a werewolf or similar
- Rewrite it more professionally, rather than in the style of my past 16 year old self